Photo: Costa Mesa Pro ClassicUSA F8 2013 - Daniel Kosakowski
COSTA MESA, CA. USA: Southern California will be well represented this week at the ITF Pro Circuit tournament taking place in Costa Mesa with three local tennis players among the eight qualifiers and with four appearing in the doubles event.
Top seed in qualifing Nicolas Meister, of Trabuco Canyon, won in straight sets to advance to the main draw as did his fellow seeds Jason Jung, the No. 2 seed, of Torrance, and the seventh seed Daniel Nguyen, of Oxnard.
They join the 21-year-old defending champion Daniel Kosakowski, of Downey, currently ranked 260 in the world, and Poway native Bradley Klahn, currently ranked 226.
Klahn and Kosakowski will also pair up for the doubles event where they will face the only all-European partnership of the Czech Republic's Marek Michalicka and Germany's Alexander Satschko in the opening round.
Though not in the singles main draw, Newport Beach residents Carsten Ball and Dante Saleh will compete in the doubles event.
Ball, currently holding a doubles ranking of 240, teams with Sandgren where, as the top seeds, they receive a bye in the first round. Saleh and partner Matheson Klein of Australia, will play American Michael McClune and Michael Venus, of New Zealand.
The singles and doubles main draws begin Tuesday 19 March with the finals for both singles and doubles set to take place on 24 March.
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